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The Dead Rabbit

Financial District

Cocktails / Beer / Irish

30 Water Street

New York, NY

T: 646.422.7906



Financial District - New York, NY




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Bartender’s Recs | NYC

Maison Premiere

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Bartender Jim Meehan at PDT

Photo Credit: David Engelhardt

Maison Premiere

They are trying to capture the same spirit that we are with the past. The concept is very strong and I think the guys are very true to their concept, even the way they look, the way they dress, the way their hair is brushed. When I go to that bar, I genuinely think I’m in New Orleans. They do a great job with the theme.

298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

T: 347.335.0446

Clover Club

Good food and consistently great and creative cocktails. If I was living in Brooklyn, it would be my go-to local bar.

210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

T: 718.855.7939


When anyone wants to see a cocktail bar in New York, it is always the first place I will take them. People always remember this bar. I don’t know if it is the telephone booth or the hot dogs, I don’t know if it is the warm friendliness inside the place, but when we bring people here, they always have a great experience and they always remember being brought to PDT. They do a really good Negroni and I get it every time. If I’m going to have a Negroni, I’m going to have it here.

113 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10009

T: 212.614.0386

Employees Only

I don’t go here for cocktails, but I go for a good night out. If there was an award for best night out, Employees Only would win it.

510 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

T: 212.242.3021


Bartender’s Recs | Belfast, Ireland

White’s Tavern

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The Merchant Hotel

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Duke of York

It’s an Irish whisky bar with live session music. On weekends, it can be very, very busy. They have a disco-y part to it upstairs where a lot of student types go. But during the week, the downstairs bar is just a phenomenal place to hang out. They probably have 120 or 130 whiskies.

7-11 Commercial Ct, Belfast, BT1 2NB, Ireland


White’s Tavern

It’s a fantastic place and what we call a homey bar. It’s like you haven’t left your house and you’re in a comfortable living room.

2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 1QN, Ireland



A fantastic bar. It has one side of it that was a corner where people could only speak the Irish language. You couldn’t speak English if you sat in that corner. And I think things like that are quite good.

4 Berry Street, Belfast, BT11, Ireland


The Merchant Hotel

It’s where I worked and it’s still the best cocktail bar in Belfast.

16 Skipper St, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 2DZ, Ireland


Kelly’s Cellars

A lot of tourist go here and it’s very popular for sure, but it’s a good Irish bar.

30-32 Bank Street, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 1HL, Ireland


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Before moving to New York, Muldoon and head bartender Jack McGarry both worked at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, which was declared World’s Best Cocktail Bar in 2010 at Tales of the Cocktail. After work at the bar, they would frequent their favorite whisky pub around the corner, called the Duke of York. “We wanted to bring an element of The Merchant and an element of our favorite bar.”

Five Points by George Catlin (1827)

The Dead Rabbit consists of two floors. The first floor is The Taproom, with sawdust-covered floors, pints of beer and a grocery. “I saw the Five Points painting and kept seeing the word ‘grocery.’ At the time, I was watching the movie ‘Gangs of New York’ for inspiration and wondered why everything had a grocery. I was reading the book ‘America Walks into a Bar’ and found out the groceries were covers for the bars and gangs. They were drinking in illegal bars that were like speakeasies hidden behind the grocery stores. They were also known as grog shops. We sell grog in punch form and we sell things like oils, tapenades and chips.”

The second floor is The Parlor where they specialize in 19th century cocktails served in period glassware. “We have 72 drinks on the menu with 12 different categories and each category has 6 drinks. For example, we have an absinthe category, because absinthe is historically accurate for the menu.” You’ll also find cobblers, slings, toddies, nogs, juleps and smashes all intended to evoke a certain era.

“A lot of cocktail bars, you have to be a particular type of person to get into them and a particular type of person to enjoy them. We wanted to create something that everyone would and could enjoy. We wanted to make a place that is approachable.”

We asked Sean Muldoon where he’s been drinking in New York City and to pass along his favorite Belfast bars.